Odd Society Spirits

Review: Prospector Canadian Rye Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
46%
Aging
Virgin Charred American Oak
Recipe
100% Unmalted BC Rye
Distiller Odd Society (Vancouver, British Columbia)

This new 100% rye whisky is going to be one of the core whiskies produced by Odd Society, along with a continual set of experimental releases. It is 100% rye, matured in new oak - so expect this one to be a big, flavourful whisky.


Review (2019)

  • Batch: 1

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

A rich, spicy, woody nose – cedar, oak, balsam – but loaded with baking spices, black tea, mixed grain porridge, brown sugar, and more. I do like rich, dense noses – and the cedar in this is awesome. Further, there is a good kick of dried fruit – apricot and peach, here – and some deeper, intriguing notes of sundried tomato and hibiscus. Some of the fruitiness and sweet toffee character are similar to Commodore – but this is very spicy and woody in comparison. The palate is rather pleasant, with loads more wood notes, tea notes, spice, and dried fruit – with a very agreeable level of tannin. The finish is spicy and dense, with wood and more dried fruit unfolding. Very nice! It opens up nicely with time, with more floral notes emerging.

I love to see the diversity of rye whiskies being released by Canadian producers. This is a completely different take on rye compared to Stalk & Barrel, Dillon’s, North of 7, or any of the big producers.

A nice release beside commodore! I like them both. This is more up my alley, to my preferences, and has a bit more complexity to it, but with that comes a sharper set of flavours and astringency so many might prefer Commodore. This, also, doesn’t show its youth as readily as commodore.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. Another nice take on Canadian rye!


Review: Commodore Canadian Single Malt Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
46%
Aging
56 litre first fill ex-bourbon
Recipe
100% BC Malted Barley
Distiller Odd Society (Vancouver, British Columbia)

This is made from 100% malted BC barley, and will be one of the core whiskies going forward. Odd society has lots of experimental whiskies which will be released in 500 ml bottles. This is matured in a 56 litre ex-bourbon barrel. Previous releases were in 30 L ex-bourbon or ex-rye casks. Slowly graduating to larger barrels, and releases are expected to continue to get older as aging time increases.


Review (2019)

  • Batch: 1

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

This has a richer oak characteristic than the previous single malt from Odd society (to my memory) – hazlenuts, green pear, caramel, and a slightly dusty baking spice characteristic. The “texture” on the nose is fairly dry and spicy, but a creaminess emerges with time. A nice deep nose – the youth is felt but the aromas are vibrant. The palate is loaded with sweet wood – caramel, toffee, creamy vanilla – but we still have a spicy woodiness, pear, honey, and light tannins directing the show. Slightly tangy, for a good effect. The finish is slightly sweet, creamy, and has a nice kick of cinnamon. With time, the finish develops into a more complex set of spices – coriander, light cumin, and white pepper – and some dried coconut.

I like this quite a bit more than the Odd Society Single Malt I tied last year. The BC distillers are really coming along!

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. It’s not expensive as far as micro-distilled single malts go, and it’s nearly in the “average” category - but not quite. If you’re wanting to explore some of the more handcrafted/unique single malts, this is not a bad place to start.


Review: Odd Society Spirits Single Malt Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
3 yrs
Recipe
100% BC Malted Barley
Distiller Odd Society (Vancouver, British Columbia)

The start of more single malt coming from Vancouver, aged in small (30 L) casks. The distillery just opened in 2013, so this is the beginning - sometimes I hesitate to review the initial stuff because it may not be indicative of the future and older stocks, but I can't resist looking into what new distillers are starting to do...


Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Vibrant, and a very fruity and spicy nose – pears, apples, tangerines, guava, mango nectar, fruit drops – yet also with porridge-like grain notes, coconut, molasses, and baking spice. The palate is peppery and young, leading with big fruitiness, clean grain, and spice. Some pleasing coconut at the end.

The longer it sits out (even 30 mins!) the better it gets. It has some really nicely cut out elements, but still has a way to go yet. 

Value: Low. Generally, it is hard to compete with massive distilleries when you are a young and small distillery with a young whisky (especially one from malted barley). However, if the price holds and the distillate gets more mature, there is potential for this one to become a better value buy.